4 Kids Walk Into A Bank – Review

You may have a little trouble getting a copy of 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank at your local comic shop. It’s entire print run has sold out in solicitations. However, if past Black Mask Studios titles are any indication, a second printing is likely to be announced any day now. There are bound to be reviews all over the Internet, because word of mouth for this series is exceptionally hot. Given that we were so fond of writer Matthew Rosenberg’s We Can Never Go Home, you know we’re going to review this one.

4 kids walk into a bank4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK #1

Written by: Matthew Rosenberg
Art by: Tyler Boss
Lettered by: Thomas Mauer

In Stores: April 27th

Synopsis:
WHAT IS IT?
A fun crime caper about children! Eleven-year-old Paige and her weirdo friends have a problem: a gang of ex-cons need her dad’s help on a heist… the problem is those ex-cons are morons. If Paige wants to keep her dad out of trouble, she’s going to have to pull off the heist herself. Like Wes Anderson remaking Reservoir Dogs, 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK is a very dark & moderately humorous story about friendship, family, growing up, and grand larceny.

Preview:

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Review:
One simply cannot compare this story with We Can Never Go Home. This story is much more well grounded in reality, especially reality to four kids considered outcasts to their peers. These are the kids that get picked on and it looks like, even without the events of the story, that they are on a path to defining their own character. It wouldn’t surprise me to find at the end, a few of them are very different from where they start.

If the story remained what we read in the synopsis, it would be boring but just enough humor is injected, mainly in the character of Berger, to make the deadly serious circumstances far less banal. The conversation on page 23 is so funny that I laughed out loud, which is not something that I do a lot, and I read Squirrel Girl.

The artwork is a little simpler than I would like, but Tyler Boss does a great job of consistently rendering everyone, to the point that when one character starts wearing an eye-patch, he’s still recognizable. Tyler Boss also does not skimp on scenery, working rooms out in three dimensions, yet giving us a flat viewpoint when the story deserves it. Good work on par with most independent, creator-owned comics on the market.

Is it worth tracking down a copy? Yes! Of course it is! It’s not another We Can Never Go Home, but seriously, what could be?

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Within minutes of posting this, it was announced that 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #1 will indeed have a second printing. It will arrive in stores on May 25. The Diamond Code for your shop to use is MAR168616. If they’re sold out, have them order you a copy.